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TCTM Government Relations Update
Spring/Summer 2022
Tracene Nechamkin, TCTM Government Relations Representative
87th Legislative Session and Special Sessions - Updates and Details on Bills Passed
SB15:
Allows a district with an overall rating of C or higher to operate a local remote learning program to offer
virtual courses outside the state virtual school network. Requires the program to include at least one
grade level in which an assessment instrument is required including each subject for which an assessment
instrument is required or a complete high school program, including each course for which an EOC is
required to be administered.
SB1267:
Relating to continuing education and training requirements for educators and other school district
personnel. Some items to note for mathematics: Requires teachers who provide instruction in reading,
math, science, or social studies for 6-8 grade students to attend a literacy achievement academy if their
campus fails to satisfy any standard on the basis of performance on the reading assessment for any
grade at the campus. This bill also requires the Commissioner to develop and make available a
mathematics achievement academy for teachers of math at any grade level. Requires, if appropriate for
the grade level at which the teacher provides instruction, the mathematics achievement academy to
include training in the underlying mathematical skills required to be taught and mathematical instruction
techniques that have been scientifically proven to be effective.
HB4545:
Specific notes to HB4545.
* eliminates the requirement that a student pass the 3rd, 5th, or 8th grade assessments to be promoted.
* requires school districts to establish accelerated learning committees, including the principal or
principal designee, the parent, and the teacher of the subject in which the student did not perform
satisfactorily on an assessment (for 3rd, 5th, or 8th grade). The learning committee is required to
develop a written education plan for the student prior to the start of the subsequent school year.
* requires school districts to either allow those students listed above to be assigned to a classroom teacher
who is a designated teacher under the teacher incentive allotment or provide the student with
supplemental instruction, in addition to the instruction normally provided, for no less than 30 hours,
no less than once per week during the school year unless instruction is provided fully during the
summer, and that is provided individually or in groups no less than three. Parental approval required
to allow groups of 10.
* prohibits school districts from removing students from instruction in the foundation curriculum and
enrichment curriculum for the purposes of accelerated instruction.
* prohibits school districts from removing a student from recess or other physical activity for accelerated
instruction.
* requires school districts to establish a process for parents of a student who fails to perform satisfactorily
on an assessment to request a particular teacher for the next school year.
* requires the Superintendent or designee meet with the accelerated learning committee to determine
why the student failed to perform satisfactorily and if there are modifications required to the education
plan if a student fails to perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument for a second year.
* creates a Strong Foundations Grant Program with components for the program adopted by the
Commissioner for campuses that serve students in PreK-5. This program combines high quality
instruction, materials, and support structures for campuses. Campuses will be required to comply if the
campus performs below standard.
SB7:
Relating to the composition of districts for the election of members of the State Board of Education. The
COVID-19 pandemic led to a delay in the release of 2020 census data, and the data were not available
before the end of the regular session. The 3rd Called Session of the 87th Legislature convened on
September 20, 2021, to consider state legislative, congressional, and State Board of Education (SBOE)
redistricting, among other issues. The new SBOE districts, which took effect Jan. 18, can be found here.
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